“Shield Shield, Shield Warp and Shield Zig Zag were all made concomitantly, and in conversation with each other. In each, the 'ground' of the painting, meaning the painting’s actual surface, features prominently. While this not only makes for a stronger figure/ground relationship, it also emphasizes the sensation of the paint itself and the patterns as enacting a kind of veiling. The works are looser, playful and fresh; they are meant to have a kind of visual immediacy particular to 'one-shot' paintings.” — Aschely Vaughan Cone
Aschely Vaughan Cone (b. 1985) is an American abstract painter whose work often features repeated forms of shields and archways. She holds an MFA in painting from the Hoffberger School of Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and her work has been featured in New American Paintings. She has been a recipient of the Skowhegan residency, the Hamiltonian Fellowship, and the Henry Walters Traveling Fellowship, which allowed her to travel throughout Java and Bali to study Indonesian textile tradition. She currently lives and works in New York City.
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